LSU SRP Supports the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon

LSU SRP Research Translation Core Leader Maud Walsh (right) and LSU SRP Research Translation Coordinator Jen Irving (left) prepare for the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

LSU SRP Research Translation Core Leader Maud Walsh (right) and LSU SRP Research Translation Coordinator Jen Irving (left) prepare for the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens.

On April 16th members of the Louisiana State University Superfund Research Center (LSU SRP) participated in the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Louisiana Envirothon is an environmental problem solving competition for teams of students in 6th through 12th grades.  The competition consists of an oral section where the teams present a solution to an environmental problem and tests in five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current issue on invasive species.

Envirothon "buddies" receive instructions prior to meeting their teams. LSU SRP undergraduate trainee Grace LeBlanc and Research Translation Coordinator Jen Irving both served as "buddies" at the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon.

Envirothon “buddies” receive instructions prior to meeting their teams. LSU SRP undergraduate trainee Grace LeBlanc and Research Translation Coordinator Jen Irving both served as “buddies” at the 2016 Louisiana Envirothon.

The Envirothon is a unique and fun event where students can practice critical thinking, cooperative problem solving, and decision making skills while learning how to apply resource management and ecological concepts to complex environmental issues.  During the competition teams are not allowed to have contact with their advisors and are escorted through the testing stations by impartial “buddies” that are assigned the day of the event.

2016 Louisiana Envirothon buddies.

2016 Louisiana Envirothon buddies.

The Envirothon is made possible through the support of major sponsors, patrons, supporters, and partners throughout the state.  The LSU SRP is a proud partner of the Louisiana Envirothon and Dr. Maud Walsh (LSU SRP Research Translation Core Leader) has served as one of the judges for the oral competition for several years.  She also encourages students attending classes in the LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences (SPESS) to volunteer at the event.  To learn more about the Louisiana Envirothon click here.

 

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